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Lepanto, AR--Brett Garrett Reports

Strong Storms Hit Lepanto

June 19, 2006--Posted at 5:44 p.m. CDT

LEPANTO, AR--Things looked clear and perfect on the Main Street of Lepanto Monday, but appearances can be deceiving.

"One customer said that wasn't thunder, you are missing part of your roof," said Amanda Sandefur.

Amanda is an employee at Mike's Place in Lepanto, one of the worst places hit by a storm that rolled through on Saturday.

"Roofs torn off, broken two by four's, mangled stuff, twisted up stuff and it ran four by six's through the wall," said Sandefur of the storm.

When the storm rolled through Saturday, winds actually blew the roof off of the auction house and onto Mike's Place, more than three buildings down.

"It got me pretty good, that's all I know. They say straight line winds caused it, but I don't think it was a straight line wind," said Mike's Place owner Mike McCullar.

No severe weather warnings were issued for Saturday afternoon in Poinsett County; however forecasters say it is possible that isolated wind gusts can pop at any time, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

"Everything is gone, it took the roof right off, that's what's left we don't seea way to rebuild it," said building owner Jimmy Laden.

"We'll probably shut down for a week or two. So you'll have to go somewhere else to get your beer," said McCullar.

The auction house anticipates being closed for a couple of weeks before reopening in a new building down the street.

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